Google Mesh Wifi System

Google is expanding to wifi system in line with its success liaising with Asus and TP-link to produce Google OnHub, today Google offers home mesh wifi system.

What this product does

A single wireless router that is supposed to cover the whole home is sometimes doesn’t work. Typically you place the wireless router not at the center of your home but at the corner of the home where the internet line enters. So that’s why in some cases you need to add one or two wireless range extender to eliminate dead spots in the furthers corner of the house.

So that’s why Google introduces Google mesh wifi system to blanket the whole home with solid wifi network, easy to install and manage with Google wifi app.

Google is not the only player in mesh wifi network system. you can find today few vendors offering the same products including Netgear Orbi with three band wifi system; Luma home wifi system; Linksys Velop wifi system and you can also find Ubiquiti with its Amplifi wifi system. all of  them based on the concept of mesh network.

Mesh network

The base concept of a mesh wifi network is group of routers that link together and communicate wirelessly to each other  in home wifi network. Each of the wifi mesh point acts as source of high performance wifi network instead of single wireless router. With three pack of Google wifi system you have three source of the same wifi network. This concept is much better than a single wireless router plus couple of wireless range extender.

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Google Mesh Home Wifi System

With multiple wifi points in home, unlike wired network that route the data according to where the wired connection connect from one point to another, with Google wifi system and the Google Network Assist each the wifi points always choose the best path for the fastest wifi speeds to deliver data streaming and gaming.

Ethernet Port

Each Google wifi router comes with two Gigabit Ethernet port, one Gigabit port for WAN and the other port acts as the Gigabit LAN port. While each of the Google wifi points consists of two Gigabit LAN ports for high speed Gigabit wired connection like other home wifi system products.

Unlike Google, Orbi comes with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one WAN and three LAN ports for router while the Orbi satellite all the 4x Gigabit ports are LAN interfaces.

Amplifi has  different configuration, Amplifi has single router unit with five Gigabit ports, 1x Gigabit port for WAN and 4x Gigabit ports for LAN. Amplifi mesh points comes with simple thing like wall plug range extender such as Netgear EX7300 wall plug range extender, they don’t come with any Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Network Assist

Google wifi systems comes with Google wifi apps that helps you manage your network not like traditional wireless routers with blinking LEDs for any networking issues. Google wifi apps helps you troubleshoot any networking issues in readable message right in your mobile device with Google app. See the following link to learn more about Google network assist.

Like Google with network assist, Amplifi also comes with Amplifi app for network management and setup via mobile, however Amplifi router is designed with stylist color display – a smart touch screen display for real time networking status.

Highlights

  • New home wifi system with companion app to control your home network
  • Based on AC1200 network segment dual band
  • Comes with powerful Google network assist for network management
  • Includes two Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Each single Google wifi point add up to 1,500 sq ft network coverage, three pack model for up to 4,500 sq ft coverage

Like other home wifi system products, Google wifi system includes the router and its satellite (the Google wifi points) to extend larger area to cover and each wifi point will add up to 1,500 sq ft network coverage. Three pack model is ideal for large home with network coverage up to 4,500 sq ft.

If you compare with Orbi, two Orbi cover up to 4,000 sq ft. Moreover, Orbi is three band wifi system instead of two band system in Google.

Take a look at the following spec comparison table

Table 1 Google Vs Orbi

ModelGoogle Wifi systemOrbi wifi system
Wifi speedsAC1200 network segmentAC3100 network segment
Radio bandsDual band 2.4 and 5Ghz bandsThree band 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz I + 5Ghz II bands
Ethernet Ports2x Gigabit ports5x Gigabit ports
Network coverageUp to 1,500 sq ft / wifi pointUp to 2,000 per wifi point
Price$249.00 for 3 pack$299.99 for 2 packs

Google wifi system is more economical compared with other competing products including Orbi, Eero, Luma and soon Linksys Velop.

Another product you may also consider is the one offered by EnGenius – EnGenius EMR3000 mesh wifi system.
Table 2 shows you spec comparison table between the two products.

Table 1 Google Vs EnGenius

ModelGoogle Wifi systemEnGenius EMR3000 wifi system
Wifi speedsAC1200 network segmentAC1200 network segment
Radio bandsDual band 2.4 and 5Ghz bandsDual band 2.4 and 5Ghz bands
Ethernet Ports2x Gigabit ports2x Gigabit ports
Network coverageUp to 1,500 sq ft / wifi pointUp to 1,500 sq ft per unit
Price$249.00 for 3 pack$219.99 for 3 packs

See that the two products are nearly the same features, just a slightly price different.

Summary

Google wifi system is a mesh network system based on dual band AC1200. Each Google wifi covers up to 1,500 sq ft, easy to manage with intuitive Google wifi apps you can control from your Android or iOS mobile devices. For higher speed and range you may consider Netgear Orbi.

Google mesh wifi system becomes one of best top 10 whole home wifi systems in the market, current rating is excellent and is best suited to all home sizes.
For home connected wifi system – you may consider Samsung Smartthings whole home system. For high mesh wifi system with integrated cable modem you may consider Netgear Orbi CBK40 mesh wifi system with DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem.




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